For 1,022 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jami Bernard's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boogie Nights
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
1,022 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The girl's blindness may have been meant to symbolize a trusting populace, but she's the one character who clearly sees what's what and who is trustworthy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    It's a virtual clip reel of grandly comic moments that remind us what a good actress can do when parts are scarce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    By turns silly and amazing, a mishmash of Kubrickian devices accompanied by a steady Spielbergian drip of sentimentality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    An unexpected delight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Touching and saddening.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    In this story of suburban teenage angst, the parents are weird and often cliché to the point of incomprehension, as if seen through the prism of ... a 25-year-old.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    This long-awaited movie has been unwisely chopped into two pieces -- the second is due in February -- when it really needed to be one long, delirious ride.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    There's humor and expected back-story pathos.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Amy
    Alana De Roma is going to be a tremendous star.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The actors are unknowns, but Ryan does a lot with her little downturned mouth. There are as many shades of anxiety as there are shades of blue in the sea, and Ryan manages to find them all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    As a love story, Wimbledon is a washout. As a meditation on sports psychology, it might help improve your game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A lush, panoramic, dizzyingly portrait of the many-tentacled entrepreneur Howard Hughes. Unfortunately, though it may finally gain an Oscar for director Martin Scorsese, it is not his best work. The movie is disappointingly flat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Unfortunately, Mad City merely pumps up the volume on material that has already been picked clean. [07Nov1997 Pg 74]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Even with the requisite melodrama, it's a rollicking, optimistic movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    This Canadian film is extraordinarily low-key, considering the explosive secrets the sisters unearth, but that is part of its strength.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A hit-and-miss romantic comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The movie ever so slowly builds to a startling finale, one that puts new meaning into passive-aggressive relationships.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    It's a poignant, realistic depiction of the ­elderly, far from the typical view of them as quaint and useless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    It's a triumph of the human spirit that so many people in deadly jobs are able, nevertheless, to marry and have a few happy moments despite lives of hellish labor. Glawogger's intrepid camera finds both the shame and the grace in it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Jami Bernard
    Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is awash with the ripples created by unlived lives.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jami Bernard
    As filmed by Steven Soderbergh with appropriate visuals for a movie about perceptions, Gray's quest for ocular health leads from an Indian sweat lodge to a Filipino psychic surgeon. [19 March 1997, p.39]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Jami Bernard
    La Promesse believes that decency is an innate human quality that can surface from any rubble. [16 May 1997, p.47]
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An adequate but none-too-thrilling star vehicle for Jennifer Garner in flame-colored bustier and low-riding pants.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Aside from its relentless exploitation of a child, this minor thriller features an intriguing beginning, a middling middle and an increasingly silly end, with a multitude of red herrings going squoosh underfoot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Thanks to director Wayne Wang ("The Joy Luck Club"), there are also artistic touches that keep this movie from sticking to the roof of the mouth the way peanut butter does to Opal's pet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The screenplay is chock-full of political and social observation tarnished by uneven ­acting and editing. The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Good acting and dull dialogue.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Would be better if it weren't so preachy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An uneven story undermines this horror franchise, despite high-quality performances by Naomi Watts and David Dorfman.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The weak story and bland hero are no match for the increasingly exciting visuals, while the score by Steve Jablonsky should be on exhibit in the Hall of Lead.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie awkwardly tries to present Bullock and King as an interracial odd couple. But the overall result is charmless, even insulting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The story and humor are so tame the movie barely merits No More Tears.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The overly broad martial-arts comedy Kung Fu Hustle was obviously made with skill and affection for its many cinematic sources, yet I found the tone, timing and emotional involvement off by just enough to irritate rather than enchant.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Sappy and improbable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The faux-documentary format does nothing for the material, but Kaye turns in a chaotic and ultimately moving performance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It is a mash note from first-time filmmaker Pola Rapaport to Aury, but its attempts to dramatize passages of the book are at odds with Aury's advice that "Story of O" was a piece of writing "not meant to be spoken."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's a misguided, miscast remake of the 1974 Robert Aldrich classic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Without Crowe and Paul Giamatti, this movie would have little in its corner.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Even while trying to access my inner giggly, dreamy adolescent, I found the movie as irritating as a chigger under the skin. The cast is pretty and inoffensive, with America Ferrera, using charisma and fierce emotions to stand out from the pack.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The story's unnecessary and unconvincing Russian spies are out of "Rocky & Bullwinkle," but Blair is quite enjoyable as a sassy, capable idealist.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Yes
    The actors are emotional, but the presentation is theoretical to the point of absurdity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Go for the extraordinary special effects, by all means, but not if you want to feel good about yourself or humanity. And heed the PG-13 rating, because this movie takes no prisoners.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Hasn't a single original idea in its bird brain. But it clowns around just enough while sitting in the dunce chair that after a while it's mildly amusing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The realistic scenes of oyster farming and the beauty of the Hawkesbury River lend this movie a degree of fascination that its taciturn, beer-swilling characters can't provide.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The only thing to do, then, is settle back and appreciate Hudson's no-nonsense performance, an appealingly mature turn that makes you hope she has turned her back on second-rate romantic fluff. (Whether second-rate horror represents actual improvement is another matter.)
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The visuals might be undistinguished, but the voices are excellent.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's the same old, same old - except with some really snappy one-liners.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The plot is contingent on everything going perfectly in ways no one can possibly predict, right down to the most outlandish happenstance of timing and human behavior.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Kingsley seems determined to rescue this old chestnut of a character from Jewish stereotypes, but to what end? Oliver's boyhood has become worse than Dickensian - it's bland.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Like many dreams, you won't remember it when you wake up. The style obliterates any emotional attachment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Egoyan's uncharacteristic bid for the mainstream flames out on many levels, but it's hard not to stare with fascination at the dying embers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Nicolas Cage does such a persuasive job of portraying Chicago TV weatherman Dave Spritz as a train wreck of a guy that you wonder whether this might actually be a training film for a psychoanalytic convention on hopeless cases.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie has some of the washed-out look of David O. Russell's excellent "Three Kings," but none of the edge. That's part of the point - that nothing leads to anything, at least not in this particular war.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Cross-dressing and the Irish Troubles don't mix well in Neil Jordan's cloying, fanciful Breakfast on Pluto.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The nasty, violent material has two small beacons of hope - Nielsen as a fair-weather stripper in the manner of old film-noir dames, and Quaid as a scurvy ­mobster who hates being cheated. With his puffy, reddened face, Quaid looks like a bad Santa.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    We've seen this story before, and the thrill is gone.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A sharply comic critique of corporate greed might have added to the national dialogue, but this is a series of hit-&-miss sketches.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The superior animation we've seen over the last few years has raised the bar for family entertainment like Hoodwinked, which features lackluster character design, so-so animation and only fitful bursts of cleverness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A period romp that tries too hard.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A tiresomely madcap story with extremely faint political (and politically incorrect) overtones.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An odd little movie with artistic aspirations and a bare touch of comedy that offers sights you never expected (nor hoped) you'd see - like Will Ferrell playing it straight (more or less) and Zooey Deschanel drowning an innocent kitten.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    You can't go wrong with an uplifting, anti-war story like this, but director Christian Carion trowels on the schmaltz, and the movie's emphasis on Christian values actually seems to spell doom for solving today's conflicts with the Middle East.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    There are many delightful movie techniques out there available for making animals appear to speak, so it's too bad The Shaggy Dog doesn't use any of them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie delivers the promised ballroom action, but not the charm. And if you think the title is endless, wait till you see Goodman's death scene.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Family gatherings in the movies are shorthand for brutal trips down mine-strewn memory lanes. The Sisters doesn't disappoint in that regard.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    When an intensely emotional scene calls for the voice to break, call in Andy Garcia. He does the best voice-breaking, half-choked sob of anguish in the business, and he does it a lot in Lost City, his well-meaning directorial debut.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    There are two movies vying to occupy the same space here: a teen comedy about artistic pretension and academic double standards, and a darker, nastier movie about a serial killer. They share Zwigoff's trademark misanthropy, but it doesn't delight as it did in the perversely sweet "Bad Santa." Now it just feels mean.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    What's subversive about the movie is that it comes off as squeaky-clean, when in fact it's irresponsible. Worse, it's not that interesting.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Christensen is a bold actress with chilly frosting. For much of the movie, her character seems determined, sophisticated and bemused, rather than just plain nuts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A prime reason to see this, if you don't mind some really screechy acting by some of the supporting players and insipid metaphors for love and commitment, is its parade of fine flesh, both male and female.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A draggy shaggy-dog story about a poor Jewish girl's painfully slow emotional awakening. The movie is 145 minutes long, so by the time Esther's awake, the audience may not be as lucky.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The book has been altered in mostly reasonable ways to suit the needs of the screen, but what it loses in the translation is invaluable in comprehending what led someone to pick up an ax and wipe out two-thirds of an island's population.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Big, bloated and only intermittently amusing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The real star of the movie is the background work.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It strains to hard for laughs, with stale jokes about unweildy corpses.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The whole nutty crew finds it rollicking good fun to see themselves lampooned. But there is an unmistakable sorrow behind the humor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An unsubtle allegory about a way of life withering on the vine.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Old-fashioned comedy-drama.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Introduces American audiences to Luo Yan, a charismatic Chinese-born actress now living in Los Angeles. She single-handedly nurtured this project to fruition, serving as producer, co-writer and star.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Stanze is to be congratulated on raising the bar for horror avant-garde filmmaking on a shoestring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A collage without context.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Big Momma's got game, but she doesn't have much else.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Leaves the viewer exhausted, jet-lagged from the effort of investing equally in competing story lines.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Despite its rare look at the tensions between religious and secular soldiers in a settlement on the occupied West Bank, it's a pretty static, by-the-book drama that would be insufferable without the sullen heat of Tinkerbell and Avni.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    With its scenes of full-frontal nudity and its references to the Tiananmen Square protests, Lan Yu may be a breakthrough film for China, but it's well-trod territory for American viewers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    There are absolutely no psychological insights into sick minds in The Minus Man, a poky, opaque drama with a good cast and not much going on upstairs.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    While their often-unclothed bodies are visible, their faces are replaced with digital "buttons" saying things like "Your ad here."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The film medium allows us to witness a most ravishing cherry orchard. But the grand cast is given to emoting as if they were playing to the peasants in the cheap seats.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Not even Rupert Everett is able to breathe life into soapy Thing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Originally intended as a comedy, the snippets of lightheartedness that remain seem awkwardly out of step with the unsurprising drama that replaced it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A lame buddy-cop movie that squanders stars De Niro and Eddie Murphy as it races from one cliche to the next, blithely unconcerned with whether anything parses.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Manages to look very good for its limitations, and features solid actors doing their best with a very sketchy script.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The acting runs the gamut, with Daly and Redgrave at the top and a few characters looking as if they wandered onto the wrong movie set.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Hurt is slumming in an unchallenging role.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Pleasantly cheesy but undistinguished martial-arts and horror fare.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    As Shakespeare adaptations go, Scotland, PA. is just a McNugget, but the actors help sustain the satiric tone right up until McBeth's lady finally gets that stain out the old-fashioned way, with a cleaver.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The film itself is a bit on the talking-head side, evoking none of the passion and anguish that are the music's trademarks.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    As a meditation on love and loss, the award-winning script is perhaps too blunt.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Nothing you haven't already seen elsewhere, except for Vin Diesel looking even then like a box-office champ.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A feast for the eyes. But not, alas, for the ears.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Maintains a light, dainty tone despite the heavy-handed metaphor, but in crossing the Pacific to the U.S., it is bound to leave most viewers dry.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The hand-held camera is much too insinuating for what is essentially a story we have seen many times before. And the cuts and transitions are dizzyingly abrupt.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    May be the biggest gathering of high-decibel performers in one movie. But they work well together and some are truly excellent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Nearly scrapes the bottom of the cracker barrel in search of suspense, now that the humans accept the polite mouse as one of their own.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A prettily photographed yet morbidly gloomy movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Too much chaos, not enough heart. Bad for the digestion.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The game itself is meaningless, and the movie, much the same way, likes it like that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The deliberate simplicity that works so well at the Sullivan Street Theater seems flat, anachronistic and almost spooky on the big screen.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Despite a plethora of "naughty bits," it's a yawn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The idea that every animated feature from Disney is an instant classic officially springs a leak with the noisily disappointing Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Watch out for space junk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A climbing thriller whose plot may be on thin ice but whose action sequences are stunning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie covers only the early years of his (Joao Francisco dos Santos) rise to fame and apparently enduring legend, but the camera never pulls back to provide a social or historical context.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The tone moves from gently jocular (Irons appears in drag) to mystically morose (a female shaman tries to ululate up a cure), and that creates a jarring effect from which the movie does not recover.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Hart's War has its priorities clear, but delivers them with insulting simplicity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It is not a great ad-vain-cha, and it's a lousy movie. But it underscores Irwin's kitschy popularity as a sideshow entertainer on the Animal Planet channel, where he cheerfully wrestles or rescues all manner of Aussie wildlife while telling the camera what great danger he is in.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    When improv is done well, it sheds a unique light on the human condition. When it is done adequately, as it is in Full Frontal, it simply makes you long for a good script and pricey production values.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Searching for a documentary feel, the camera here is so shaky that you cling to the arms of your chair lest you pitch into the next row.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This is a movie full of tin-eared humor and situations too contrived to give romance a toehold.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's just like Paul McCartney's first solo album after the Beatles broke up; he played all the instruments himself -- because he could.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Mismatch of tone and material.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's hard to take this movie seriously. It's the cinematic equivalent of dotting your i's with a big heart, a very youngish view of life and death in which everything is too neatly wrapped up with a bow.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    You don't mess with perfection. That is the main reason why The Singing Detective, a virtual remake of the ­brilliant BBC-TV series of the 80s, falls flat on its psoriatic face.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Characters seem phony.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie clearly portrays how the glory and salvation of being a team hero is ephemeral.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Goes down easily only because Judd and Jackman are eye candy, and because Kinnear and Tomei provide solid comic support.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A strange, somewhat icky romantic comedy. [25 November 1998, p. 45]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Needs someone to roll down a window and let in some fresh air.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Freewheeling and mindless.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    There is undeniable pleasure in watching these pros at work, but the murky depths of the soul can make for a dreary two hours.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Very much a freshman effort, lacking focus, edge.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    If Sacred Planet helps kids appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature and animal life, it will be worth it. But surely civilization can come up with a more generously entertaining delivery system.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Has something going for it that you wouldn't expect from the tired mechanics of the story — and that is the star-making appearance of 15-year-old rapper Shad Moss, who goes by the name Lil' Bow Wow.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's a big snooze because we can't take the main characters seriously.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A tepid amalgam of other, similarly themed movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Interestingly, though, the actor who plays Yanis is a dead ringer (despite the scowl) for Adam Sandler. That's surely an effect director Manuel Boursinhac didn't intend.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The far too whimsical God Is Great, I'm Not leans heavily on the charms of Audrey Tautou -- As adorable as Tautou is, miracles are beyond her.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This movie's attempt to reinvent Mizer as a First Amendment hero isn't as effective as its triumphant display of beefcake, which is, after all, the movie's raison d'etre.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Phantoms is fear-less.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The French may be guilty of some bad behavior, but that's no reason to punish them with the shapeless, deceptively crass Le Divorce, a Merchant-Ivory production in which all things Gallic are reduced to quirks of snobbery, misogyny and haute selfishness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A stylish comedy low on amusement but high on sensuality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The script is so ridiculous that nothing rings true.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Strangely unengaging.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The story offers an interesting twist, but the only really spooky part is when a Benny Goodman record insists on playing without human aid. More scares, please.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Lean's wonderful 1946 movie are taken down a peg with a tawdry update of Great Expectations set in modern-day Florida and New York. [30 January 1998, p. 44]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The crime isn't that the movie's message is amoral, but that it goes totally unexamined, as if the recess bell rang too early.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld ("Kissing Jessica Stein") misses several opportunities to go all out and be, as Elle would say, "superfun."
    • 15 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An "American Pie" wanna-be that, in trying to be as tasteless as possible, sometimes succeeds.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Not worth the rocket fuel.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    There's plenty to appreciate here but the story is tedious and some of the overacting runs into cultural translation problems.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Mark Wahlberg could lose some of the good will he generated from his performance in "Boogie Nights" by playing an idiotically gentle killer for hire in The Big Hit. [24 April 1998, p. 53]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie adds nothing to the political dialogue, and the love story is mood-killingly sad. The lure of the exotic can be deceptive, it says. The moody, murky atmosphere leaves nothing clear except that mixed intentions will always yield mixed results.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Truth is, it' not very good.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Is it possible to have too much Anthony Hopkins? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. Hopkins' quiet power and perfectly formed vowels overwhelm the rickety, falsely sentimental Hearts in Atlantis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The wheezy Mighty Wind can't blow out the candle of this group's first musical mockumentary, 1984's "This Is Spinal Tap."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's sweet but not the least bit plausible that any kid in the mid-'80s would be surprised that along with rock 'n' roll come sex and drugs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Feels like any number of forgettable American teen comedies in which the nerd gets the girl and/or the money.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Under different direction, Orange County might have drawn a savvy cult audience that would appreciate the black-comedy possibilities of Shaun's idolatry of a certain writing professor (Kline), the homoerotic overtones inherent in best-buddydom and pyromania as a sexual turn-on.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    With its mystical mumbo jumbo and even a helpful beam of celestial light in one scene, A Rumor of Angels is a kind of cinematic comfort food for an undemanding audience.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    I'd like to believe I could watch ­Cedric the Entertainer all day long. The tedious comedy Johnson Family Vacation puts a strain on that theory.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The jolts are mild and too easily anticipated.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The meltingly beautiful Newton gives a solid performance, but she and Wahlberg do not glide like Astaire and Rogers, to put it delicately.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Some of the scenarios are funny. But they're uniformly overplayed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Unusual in that it spotlights a common but largely unsung variety of teenage female angst.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Has hell frozen over? Not only is Jack Nicholson starring in a buddy movie alongside Adam Sandler, but of the two, Sandler's low-key approach is preferable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    (Rourke's) nearly unrecognizable presence is characteristic of the odd pockets of talent (and, sometimes, lint) in Steve Buscemi's film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An admiring but overly simplified walk down memory lane.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A mediocre fright-fest.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    More chemistry between the leads would have helped. But Laws of Attraction still would have had a tough case making a jury believe these two unlikable characters belong together, except as a way to take them out of circulation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Viewers of first-time director Jeong Jae-eun's sober dissection of dismal day-to-day rituals may want to throw themselves into the brackish water long before the movie is over.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Prepubescent girls might get a few safe giggles while others around them are yawning.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Carrie is back and she's all the rage.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Lightweight, inoffensive fare, as bland as a sleepwalker under a hypnotist's spell.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    What sets Bootmen apart from the vast competition is its exuberant, sexy tap-dancing, but that's mostly relegated to the grand finale.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Flails about desperately for a genre to call home.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The sensuous visuals, shot in high-definition video, complement the waking-dream quality of a sometimes confusing story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The mordant humor and far-reaching observations of the book don't come across in Robert Benton's "Masterpiece Theatre"-style direction.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's a slight story to begin with, and the movie teeters on camp with its jokey filler material -- the typical King stuff including colorful locals, small puns and asides and a faint whiff of the supernatural.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Charlize Theron's Gilda in Head in the Clouds invites comparison to Rita Hayworth in 1946's "Gilda," which adds a touch of the ludicrous to this already strained material set in wartime France.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Ho-hum, another serial-killer thriller. Even with Angelina Jolie thrown in for forensic sex appeal, this dog won't hunt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's too big an ensemble to provide enough back story for each player. But Sayles doesn't give his characters easily digestible labels, like "kook" or "pathetic loser."
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Reefer mildness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Not so much a movie as a self-contained world for like-minded people who wear their outsider status on their sleeves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The best of the lot are Greta Scacchi, as an actress trying to peddle her first screenplay (with herself attached as director), and Ron Silver.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    As a boxing movie, Against the Ropes is perfunctory, with a well-muscled Omar Epps diligently enduring predictable montages showing his rise to fame as Jackie's first protégé. As a biopic, it's likewise uninspired stuff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Certainly there are people who will welcome this kind of "wholesome" family entertainment, but it feels false.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It was filmed in and around the World Trade Center, and the subsequent cuts, reshoots and sleights of hand designed to obscure that fact prove devastating.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Very Bad Things only getes worse. [25 November 1998, p. 44]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A movie about a maverick ought to be a little daring as well, and Mona Lisa Smile is as safe and predictable as chintz.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A sexy crime story. The double-crossing complications don't make much sense, but it's fun to watch Wilson turn the hard-boiled dialogue into a series of ironic one-liners under the hot Oahu sun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It may be a dismal comedy thriller, but Antoine Fuqua's Bait has one piece of bait that's definitely appealing: Jamie Foxx.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    D'Onofrio is a natural for the role of a romantic who just may be a freak. A highly physical actor, he ranges between sweetly awkward and a candidate for the kind of mental hospital shown in "Session 9."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The central relationship here is curious but not engaging, except for the pleasure of watching Deschanel, making All the Real Girls just a filmmaker's exercise in impressionistic style and mood.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An on-again, arf-again comedy. [26 June 1998, p. 54]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Can't cope with its own weirdness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    As Ryan, Evans attempts to graduate from "Not Another Teen Movie"-type fare to more adult stuff. He holds his own, but he has no edge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Ten
    The already minimalist filmmaker has gone positively threadbare with Ten, a movie that feels as if there was no director on the set. For the most part, there wasn't.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The makers of Seducing Doctor Lewis have a cute idea, but they milk it for all they can, sometimes to the point of embarrassment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This fictional "what if" scenario is a bit campy and stagey, like a session of Opera 101. But it has one great thing in its favor: Ardant.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Mostly plays like a routine thriller with a classy cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    What is meant to be an innovative, cutting-edge musical melodrama is so jumbled, irrational and amateurish that it makes dinner theater look like the Old Vic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    But while this terrific cast gets to strut and preen, it's difficult to make an emotional connection with most of them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This sob story is a tough sell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This movie hyperventilates with pessimism to the point of perversity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    But there's no affection in this mean-spirited sendup of "the business" and nothing to mitigate its sour taste.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Stiller and Aniston have zero sexual chemistry. But they have impeccable comic chemistry in a movie that features some stellar bits of business.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A ­movie that takes impartiality to new places artistically. The film is infuriating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This spirited documentary shows us the hazards of filming volleyball at nudist camps and the marketing possibilities of women mating with gorillas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Tough going for most audiences and should be considered more of a rough draft full of lofty ideas unevenly executed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    With more buckling than swash, The Count of Monte Cristo is a good-looking, poorly acted washout.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    All three leads grow on you.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's about as routine a movie as they come, but it features plenty of endorphin-releasing hip-hop choreography as Derek teaches Sara to get jiggy with it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Lane...is as stunning and changeable as that Tuscan countryside. Without her, this movie would be irksome, pandering as it does to stereotypes, including that of the American woman who goes abroad for easy sex with limpid-eyed hunks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It's a diary, collage, meditation, elegy. But, unless you're going for a Ph.D. in code-breaking, it's also a bore.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Nia Vardalos carved herself a niche with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" in 2002, and she's still furiously digging away at it with the screechy, unpleasant comedy Connie and Carla.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The dialogue is nothing to speak of, but the movie has a dynamite opening sequence in which the corporation turns on its workers, leaving them, if not dead, then with "virtually no intelligence," like office workers everywhere.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Old monster movies were thrilling in a way that mingled terror, sexuality and a real preference for the monsters over their tormentors. Van Helsing is a kiddie adventure on an endless, meaningless loop.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This updated version has the good sense to star Brendan Fraser, who is shaping up as one of our finest romantic-comedy stars.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A deliberately stupid movie whose crazy charm wins you over in the end.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Only two hours long but it may take your mind another day to get through it. Egoyan has stuffed a lot into this personal and strenuously opaque film, which perhaps explains why its over-plotted, elliptical structure seems so onerous.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Grueling and bleak, but not unintelligent...although it's hardly groundbreaking just because everyone's face gets pulpy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A safely sanitized comedy with an important message about loyalty and individuality, plays to Lohan's strengths and gives the target audience a chance to live it up vicariously.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The best part of Zatoichi is its fine sense of rhythm, culminating in a galvanizing clog-dance finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A modern-day fable about love and commitment — it's different.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    With We Don't Live Here Anymore, it's the audience that may want to leave and start a new life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    An unerring sign of the awfulness of Malibu's Most Wanted is a series of the least funny outtakes ever appended to a movie's closing credits.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Manages to entertain, and yet, like so many flat-footed attempts at waving the flag, it feels disingenuous and dogmatic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Paying homage to Sergio Leone, "Mexico" aims too high and, in the process, becomes more like every generic, overplotted drug-cartel-and-revenge flick out there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Like a good horror movie, the images, jolts and artistically directed disorientation will keep your stomach clenched...Like a bad one, it doesn't make a lick of sense.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A slight movie and a major downer, is an acting showcase for Sean Penn. That's good, but not enough.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Taking one's pound of flesh and having it, too, leads to a queasy comedy in which Pacino burns a hole in the screen while the frivolity around him sputters.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Chronicles of Riddick is half cheesy, brawny adventure and half … something else. That something else involves a lot of leather, bondage, studded armor and heavy machinery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The cinematic equivalent of the mad-scientist experiment gone awry. It seems to be grooving on its own strangeness, at the expense of its connection with a paying audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Even without much in the way of hard facts, Yu makes intuitive leaps, using animated segments to bring to life Darger's work, and therefore the man - or as much of him as it is possible to fathom.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Aa bit too familiar an American tail. [19 December 1997, p. 82]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A bit of a slog for anyone not thoroughly Olsenized.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The 2,400 Americans who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor deserve a nobler memorial than this sentimental hogwash that reduces heroism to "Top Gun" antics and pretty cinematography.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It has incest, sweaty armpits, nipple rings, drool, an amputee, a stroke victim and an engagement ring stuck in a sticky place. And Heather Graham. All that, and it's not very funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A screechy chick-flick relationship comedy with a lot of things working for and against it - mostly against it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    This has all the ingredients for a top-notch thriller except one - a thrill.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha continues in the vein of her previous movies, "What's Cooking?" and "Bhaji on the Beach," exploring with humor and compassion how cultures adapt in foreign climes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The movie is mostly a series of frenetic clashes, dubious near misses and car chases. It lacks the human interest and snowy splendor of the first movie, directed by Doug Liman.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The slapstick is broad to the point of overkill.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    It makes sly sense to link female hormonal bursts with the lunar cycle of the werewolf, but the movie's final act is the usual matted-fur chase.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    A sluggish sequel.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Children may get a kick out of Flubber's lowest-common-denominator antics. They may not recognize that Williams' prodigious talent has been reduced to something sub-blobular. [26Nov1997 Pg 38]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Bale fails to make Chris a character compelling enough to stand out from that heavy dose of '70s clothes and hair.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Gives cinema vérité texture to a fictional story of trailer-trash dysfunction (minus the trailer).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The resulting movie is a mixed bag, not quite a documentary and yet as "true" to Weber's fascinations as a dog named True can be to his master.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    Mildly pleasant movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The acting and stories are uneven, but Erick Avari, as a man who wakes up to his humanitarian obligations, provides the movie's affecting center, and Peter Falk gives a harrowing performance as a hopeless drunk trying to manipulate his grown son.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    But with her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jami Bernard
    The drama never gets too deep or the comedy too funny in this L.A.-centric story that feels more like a pilot for a "Friends"-style series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Jami Bernard
    Concludes in a shower of ashes, which is fitting because this movie is a billowing bonfire of ugly human behavior. Rarely have there been so many characters in need of timeouts, cold showers or house arrests.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    It's strictly amateur hour.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Director and co-writer Steve Suissa misses every opportunity to go deeper, either for laughs or pathos.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Even a soccer-savvy audience has better things to do - like instilling unsportsmanlike behavior in their kids or sabotaging rival teams.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    It's hard to take this oddball movie seriously.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Cedric is certainly the bright spot in this movie - personable, silly and lovable, with just enough of Gleason's girth, timing and humanity to make you wish he'd driven Ralph Kramden's bus onto the lot of a different movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The story has a definite ick factor that detracts from even the small pleasures the movie might offer its teen audience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Did Lane and John Cusack really have to put themselves through this? Here are two first-rate actors in the embarrassing situation of playing blithering misfits in a lame comedy of errors.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Flimsy and forgettable, but it does have a few worthy action and special-effects sequences.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The screenplay has no idea how to modulate the banter between the movie's talented stars so that it approximates affectionate and playful sparring.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The dullest exorcist movie ever made.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The teen actors grin twitchily as if tickled by sudden growth spurts, but apparently nothing can hurt their chances with the females in this libidinous zip code.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The problem comes when the movie turns into a tedious, faith-based diatribe against medical science.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The movie equivalent of a medical experiment gone horribly wrong and kept in a jar of formaldehyde as a warning to others: Comedy can be a deadly weapon in the wrong hands.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    You may not realize just how much it takes to make a great mockumentar like "Waiting for Guffman" until you see Never Been Thawed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The movie is quite off its rocker: Jerry Springer, Chrisopher Walken, Tom Waits as a roadside prophet, a miscast, nervous Lucy Liu as an FBI agent -- it's a feverish, violent jumble that's shot as if high on mescaline -- the drug, not the salad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A gangsta rapper without fire in the belly isn't terribly interesting, cinematically or musically.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The humor is supposed to stem from the clash of kids who have been raised so differently and of partners with opposing views of child care. But there are just so many jokes you can make about who gets to use the bathroom when.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The wordless six-minute animé shorts - at the end of which our double-jointed heroine would always die - don't lend themselves to a 95-minute action movie where viewers might rightfully expect something to make sense.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Never gives us what it promised: a glorious, totally new sense of horror.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    In documentary footage played over the closing credits, the real warrior is introduced to American fast food and returns to his people too fat and sluggish to spear himself a snack, let alone a missionary.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A dreadful animated movie stuffed with bad puns and little internal logic. More dangerous than the world icing over is the danger of eyeballs rolling back into the heads of parents accompanying kids to this.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Lohan's good work in movies like "Mean Girls" and the "Freaky Friday" remake is a faint memory as she struggles through antics, unfunny pratfalls and squirmingly bad set pieces.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    X
    About as many characters, dragons and force fields as "Pokémon" has pocket monsters, so it may be difficult for the uninitiated to keep track.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Brutal but somewhat endearing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A waterlogged bagel, hardly the valentine to New York it imagines itself to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The movie walks a tightrope between playing this misunderstood malady for laughs and sentiment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Dysfunction seeps from every pore of this family, and the anger and ugliness of the characters overwhelm not just the story but the movie's stunning National Geographic location.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The production is as gaily colored as the margaritas, but the overall result is wan.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    It tries to be more existential than gumshoe but falls way short.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    After 45 minutes of incomparable boredom, the movie gets slightly better when it stops reaching for cheap yuks and lets the actors do what they do well.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Falls short of the mark, content to shoot fish in a barrel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    An unimaginative schoolyard-bully comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    As in "The Edge," in which Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins were stranded in the wilds, you can earn a wildernesssurvival merit badge just from watching.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    All the magic at the disposal of today's filmmakers cannot bring to life this unappealing animated children's movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Juices up the visuals with fancy camerawork and split screens, but it can't distract enough from the vulgarity of the material.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Kinsella, in his feature debut, milks cliches, caricatures and an unlikely set of coincidences to tie things up in a neat bundle.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The movie creaks and groans, weighed down by clichés.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The picture's a dud... Instead of Chow's gravitas rubbing off on the kid, Scott's dude-ness dilutes Chow's authority.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    If you think you're tough enough, go ahead and sit through the endurance test that is Bad Boys 2, a brutal, 2 1/2-hour display of production overkill.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Crudup gives it his best, but his character is so economically drawn, there's hardly anything there -- certainly nothing likable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    An underwritten drama.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The movie is full of puzzling celebrity cameos, as if Brazilian director Bruno Barreto called in all his chits.